Events, Pakistan

“My Bright Smile”

Colgate Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile” Global Art Contest has been providing children across the globe a platform to showcase their creativity and express their artistic thoughts. It has been seventeen years that the unique Global Art Contest is held under the umbrella of Colgate’s Oral Health Education Peogram, “Bright Smiles, Bright futures”. The idea is not only to give a forum for children to polish their inner talent, but also educate them the benefits of good oral care.

 

This year, the “My Bright Smile” Global Art Contest received an overwhelming response from children across Pakistan with 115,595 entries from schools nationwide. Participants, aged 6 to 9 were invited to participate to show their artsy skills. On 23rd May 2017, an exhibition displaying several shortlisted candidates was held at Alliance Francaise Art Gallery in Karachi, in which prizes were distributed to the 100 best entries and 12 lucky winners were selected for their extraordinary pieces of original art. 


It was such a great feeling to see young kids making their names for the future artists of Pakistan 🇵🇰. We must appreciate and encourage these young talented kids, let’s give them a pat on the back; if we don’t then who else will?

#ColgateArtContest17

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Food, my thoughts, Pakistan

Reviving lost tradition 

A good neighbourhood is about sharing moments of happiness and grief, helping each other and of course sharing great food. I have lived among the neighbours who have always been so hospitable and close. Infact, I used to eat at a neighbour’s, almost daily, as their daughter was my childhood friend. Those were the time when guests & neighbors were considered blessings than burden. People used to respect the fact that sharing meals is a source of spreading happiness.

Similarly, I have a neighbour family friend who used to bake yummy cakes and pizzas and share with my family like regularly. As a thank you note, the foodie boy was treated with delicious Karhi, Biryani, Baisan ki roti, haleem (made by mom) occasionally. This oldie goldie ‘mohalla’ (neighbourhood) system was kinda blessing and had kept people united for ages. Not to forget the fact that I grew up in a neighbourhood having cross-sect families, but no dispute ever. Unity and tolerance had been the keys to that strong bond.

What made me share these stories from my childhood diaries is the latest Shan Foods TVC that has stirred the right chord and won millions of hearts across the world. Sharing food among neighbors is Sunnah and falls under Huqooq-ul-Ibaad. The lively TVC revolves around the concept of keeping friendly relations with neighbors especially when a family is a total foreigner and wants to hang out, at that moment the idea of sharing food came as an ice breaker. 


It is an undenying fact that Pakistani culture is a mix of rich heritage, cross nationalities and vast traditions wherein brand like Shan foods is reviving the long lost tradition of mohalla system and educating people to share happiness through sumptuous food made with pure love. It turned out as a breath of fresh air and made so many hearts nostalgic giving them a strong thought to refresh this beautiful tradition and pass on happiness among their neighbors.

TVC Link: https://www.facebook.com/ShanFoods/videos/1486931798023848/

#shanfoods #KhaanaWithParosi #OSTShan 

Pakistan

Epitome of courage – Zafar Ahmed

The Launch

Pakistan, a country which is filled with immense talent which, unfortunately, is overlooked or people are unknown. Sparkistan – an initiative taken by Atlas Battery to show the Spark of our unsung heroes. To discover more about our stars, we travelled all over Pakistan to record their Sparking story. Atlas battery showcased the story of 15 Heroes who are not given the fame they deserved. Atlas battery took a step ahead to give prominence to our sparkling heroes.

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can hinder the firm resolve of a determined soul.” 

Zafar Ahmed works as a firefighter who, with his selflessness and courage, has saved millions of lives. Despite being severely injured while performing his duty at a coal warehouse back in December 2008, his both legs were damaged and he had to go through tough surgeries out of which he came out safe in the 10th operation and continued his profession 5 months after the accident. As stated by Zafar Ahmed, his wife remained a constant support throughout the illness phase and helped him getting up stronger and more determined.


In a world full of mayhem and toxic substances, one should be courageous and dutiful like Zafar Ahmed because saving humanity and that sense of pain you feel for others is nothing less than an Ibadat. Zafar Ahmed has been doing this service diligently. 

Pakistan is still safe and blessed with the existence of people like Zafar Ahmed who endanger their own lives to save others.

Video link for this unsung hero: https://www.facebook.com/AtlasBattery/videos/1396901517019569/

Pakistan

Unsung SuperWoman – Yasmeen Lari

The Launch
Pakistan, a country which is filled with immense talent which, unfortunately, is overlooked or people are unknown. Sparkistan – an initiative taken by Atlas Battery to show the Spark of our unsung heroes. To discover more about our stars, we travelled all over Pakistan to record their Sparking story. Atlas battery showcased the story of 15 Heroes who are not given the fame they deserved. Atlas battery took a step ahead to give prominence to our sparkling heroes. 
One of the brightest and sparkling hero is, Yasmeen Lari – Pakistan’s first woman architect, who with her self-reliance and determined approach brought a change in the architecture industry of Pakistan. Over 45,000 disaster relief structures have been built under the direction and influence of Yasmeen Lari since 2010.


In areas affected by the 2005 earthquake, Lari introduced a bamboo shelter system with minimal cost to build, and has a low-carbon footprint. According to Yasmeen Lari, she built all those houses in collaboration with Internarional Organization for Migration, planned and even trained the locals to build the houses which could be flood-resistant. It took a time period of three years that Lari successfully built around 40,000 houses and received immense support, both monetary and voluntarily.

Yasmeen Lari firmly believes in the fact that although all professions are great but working for improving others’ lives and benefitting them bring unexplained pleasure and inner peace.

In a tough and challenging field as architecture, people like Yasmeen Lari are an asset and their efforts must be acknowledged at all levels. 

Watch out Sparkistan video: https://www.facebook.com/AtlasBattery/videos/1389242151118839/

#Sparkistan 🇵🇰

my thoughts, Pakistan

Mashal Khan – The Humanist 


The horrific lynching of Abdul Wali Khan University student – Mashal Khan on alleged blasphemy issue, has stirred almost all silent conscience except those who were involved in this inhumane and apparently planned murder of the extraordinary brilliant student.

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” – stumbled upon this status update on Mashal’s facebook profile and after going through the deceased past posts, I am compelled to comment that in a world full of chaotic morons, perhaps this guy knew how his life would end like.

According to the statements and story (of the murder) shared by Professor Ziaullah (one of the lecturers and a close teacher of Mashal) at a private channel show, there could be no denying that his brutal killing was planned by the university admin as much as the miscreant students, who should be investigated strictly without any excuse or delays.

I couldn’t stop my tears while watching the post-murder stories on different media channels including Facebook and Twitter. 

Not ignoring the political and religious aspects of the incident, one thing is for a fact that such criminal silence individually and collectively will be the death of this nation. 

Incident like Mashal Khan’s death is an eye opener and blasphemy laws should be reconsidered and amended to protect our youth from religious bigots and ignorant mobs. 

Words fail to do justice for the sympathy and grief this incident has settled in everyone’s heart and mind. We are sorry, Mashal. This nation doesn’t deserve Mashals like you! 

Food, Pakistan

Food Safari – Online Food Treat

Foodpanda has been too caring and generous, like always, as it brings authentic and mouth-watering “desi” cuisines on Pakistan Day holding Pakistan Online Food Safari (POFS) campaign with over 100 food restaurants offering up to 50% discount!


(Note: #POFS deal is valid from 23rd-26th March 2017)

So, having dozens of food eateries option in front of me, I was too confused to decide what to order since each eatery offers amazing discounts and delicious food of course! 

My hunt game stopped at Kashif Foods (located at Gulshan-e-Iqbal) which is quite famous for its Singaporean rice and biryani among other food items. So I ordered a family platter of Singaporean rice (which serves 4-5 people). The food arrived hot and fresh via foodpanda – my all time saviour for online food delivery!


Since my family and me couldn’t resist the tempting aroma, we just devoured the platter in minutes, that was sufficient for 4-5 persons as it said. Quality, quantity and taste was up to the mark and got 10/10 from every person who tried it at home. And the best part was, it was pretty light on pocket – cost me Rs700 only. They offer a large family platter as well which would serve 7-8 persons supposedly. 

So, get these yummy deals by simply ordering away from foodpanda (http://foodpanda.pk) and let them take care of your hunger cravings!

Because foodpanda is super convenient and reliable!

Events, General, Pakistan

Lead The Way

The Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) is a not-for-profit career development center that offers training to underprivileged youth from marginalized areas of Karachi for better career prospects. Established in 2008, in Saudabad, Malir, it is a public-private partnership initiative between Habib University Foundation and local government of Karachi. iACT offers free of cost, as well as scholarship based courses and trainings and also guarantees 100% job placement to its graduates.

Display of Social Action Projects by the Students of Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) held at Regent Plaza on 13th February 2017. Young and dedicated students from the areas of Malir District showed off their efforts of implementing various social action projects in their communities. Around 120 young participants from Saudabad and Model Colony were enrolled in the six months training program called ‘Lead the Way’. These participants not only got training for their projects from the program officers at iACT, but also implemented in their communities, schools, colleges, and hospitals. The projects included Anti-Smoking and Anti-Drug Campaign, Women’s Right in Pakistan, Cleaning Campaign, Child Labor Awareness, Awareness Camps about Traffic Rules, Education Walk, Library Conception, Motivational Sessions, Renovating Learning Spaces, Tree Plantation and many others.
Ms. Shamim Mumtaz – Minister Social Welfare Department, Rizwan Jaffar – Founder Chairman Youth Parliament, Mr. Feroz Khan – CEO Omar Jibran Engineering Industries Ltd. and principals of the schools attended the event.

Guests not only encouraged students for their amazing work, but they also talked to all the groups individually, questioning and getting their feedback about the challenges they faced and what they learnt.


Social Action projects displayed by these energetic and highly motivated students proved that there is much room of advancement and betterment if we promote our youth and guide them to the right direction. Future of Pakistan would definitely be bright     as long as our youth is hopeful, devoted and willing to own their society, city and country.